At last, a final farewell

Max Bruno, Reporter

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     These past few years really went fast.  They flew by…no, not really.  Sputtered.  They sputtered out.  Squelched down by the big boot.  

     Seeing all the time that went by in such a quick speed brings a little perspective in my life.  It’s not like I didn’t notice them going by; trust me, I did.  The fact is, that speed will go on for the rest of my life.  And yours.  

     Let me first get something straight: high school is a curious thing.  You spend four years of middle school going through horrible puberty changes and hyper-exaggerated drama that, honestly, don’t even matter in the long run.  And then, as if that torture isn’t enough, you’re thrown into the ocean, a.k.a. high school.  It’s kind of what I imagine a farm-raised fish would feel if it suddenly got dumped into a natural stream, or lake or something that’s a significant size greater than a small fish tank.  

     You can get lost in high school.   There are so many people, that when you take a step back, you realize that you’re just one out of hundreds in the school.  I would like to thank all the teachers and friends who made it easier for not only me, but all those other kids who feel like the high school is a little too big at some times.  

     And with there being many people and so much stress, there’s always the need to get away from it all.  For that exact reason, I am going to be on the Appalachian Trail for almost two months this summer.  Hiking from Harper’s Ferry, W.V., to Katahdin, Maine, I hope to recover at least a little peace before the next big event in my life.  That’s about…1,100 miles of peace, which sounds absolutely wonderful to me.  

     Some of you may not even care, or some of you may question why on Earth anyone would want to spend that much time on a trail without guarantee of a shower.  My answer: it’s good for you.  My No.1 piece of advice is to take care of yourself every once in awhile and take a break from the white pages of a practice AP exam book.  Go outside.  Read a book that you enjoy, not something prescribed to you by your English class.  Take a stroll; simplify your life.

     Thank you, fellow students and teachers.  It’s been a grand time, and I am very grateful for it.  

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2015-05-19 08:12:16

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